Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

From: Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Helena, MT 11/14/03

Subject: Status of Gray Wolf Recovery, Weeks of 11/07to 11/14, 2003

Monitoring

NEW WEB ADDRESS- See the 2002 annual wolf report at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/ for maps of wolf pack locations and home ranges, tables of wolf numbers and depredations, litigation and funding issues, and summaries of scientific studies.

Yellowstone National Park biologists darted and radio-collared 8 wolves Thurs. Nov. 13. Four were tagged in the Nez Perce pack [recollared the alpha female, an adult female and 2 pups]; two in Mollie's pack [a large 6 year old male 130 lbs and male pup]; 2 in Leopold pack - [1 female pup, 1 female yearling]. Hawkins & Powers from Greybull, WY provided the helicopter and pilot.

Control

Two fall calves [200-250 lbs] were killed near Mill Creek in the Paradise Valley on the 14th. Two wolves were present and they are suspected members of the Sheep Mtn. pack. The producer who had repeated problems in the past will be issued a shoot on site permit for two wolves.

A rancher near Emigrant and Daily lake called to report that he had six wolves [probably Sheep Mountain] on his private property on the 7th and they chased his horses through a fence. None were hurt but he wanted to report the incident.

Research

The Univ. of Chicago Press is taking pre-orders for the epic all-encompassing book "Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation" Edited by L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani. 2003. University of Chicago Press. You can order from the International Wolf Center by calling 1-800-359-9653 ext 21. They are available now.

Information and education and law enforcement

Meier and a MT FW&P warden recovered a dead wolf (female pup #264) in the Lazy Creek Pack near Olney, MT on November 8. The incident is under investigation. On the 7th, MT FW&P biologists recovered the carcass of an uncollared gray male wolf 6 miles north of Avon, MT. It was a short distance off the highway.

Jimenez and LE agent Eicher found a dead wolf [#274 the alpha male of the GYA, Greybull River pack-[who naturally dispersed from central ID]. Its death as well as three others [#52 pack alpha male, a yearling, and a pup all from the Sunlight pack], and recently found in other parts of WY this month, is under LE investigation.

Jimenez gave a presentation to about 85 people at the Univ. of Wyoming in Laramie, WY during a wildlife lecture series on the 12th.

Bangs gave an evening presentation at a wildlife seminar class to the Univ. of Nevada, Reno [ie. ‘The Wolf Pack’, both Bangs and Doug Smith are alumni] on the 13th. About 75 people attended. On the morning of the 14th he met with graduate students from another class and about 15 people attended.

2004 North American Interagency Wolf Conference Call for Papers

Papers are now being accepted for the 2004 North American Interagency Wolf Conference, April 6 - 8, 2004 at Chico Hot Springs, in Pray, Montana, northwest of Yellowstone National Park. This year’s theme is "Working Collaboratively Toward Long-Term Wolf Conservation." Past speakers include L. David Mech, Paul Paquet, Rolf Peterson, Doug Smith, and other leading wolf experts, forensics and law enforcement specialists, livestock conflict managers, and field researchers . The conference is sponsored by Yellowstone National Park, the Wolf Recovery Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nez Perce Tribe and Defenders of Wildlife. Please submit a single spaced abstract, up to 500 words, and include your full contact information, affiliations, and authors, by email to: Joseph Fontaine at Joseph_Fontaine@fws.gov . Conference registration will begin November 15, 2003 and you may contact Suzanne Stone, Rocky Mountain Field Representative, Defenders of Wildlife at Sstone@defenders.org or (208) 424-9385 for details. Lodging registration is open now. Please contact Chico Hot Springs Lodge, Pray, Montana, 1-800-468-9232 or (406) 333-4933 and request a "wolf conference" room reservation to receive our group rate. The room rate is $45/bed/day (or $35/bed/day for Montana state agency representatives with ID).

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a web page that has various links to state wolf management plans and information about wolf reclassification and delisting. It can be accessed at

http://midwest.fws.gov/wolf/fnl-rule/index.html

The Service's weekly wolf report can now also be viewed at the Service's Region 6 web site at  http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov/ . This report is government public property and can be used for any purpose. Please distribute as you see fit.

Contact: Ed Bangs (406)449-5225 x204 or ED_BANGS@FWS.GOV